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after, saw him lying on the hearth, and bleeding in this frightful manner - ran and called assistance; a doctor came soon, sewed up the wound, and saved his life. His bleeding restored him for that time; but it had gradually increased upon him for some time before I saw him; and I was told by some of the family, that he was apparently more insant at this time than before he had cut his throat. It was with difficulty that the people got him to me, for he was obstinate, to an extreme degree, in every thing. As there was no flattering of him to any thing, they forced him to the machine, like a bullock to the slaughter. I observed his habit was firm and sanguine, his pulse very turbulent; I administered exceedingly heavy shocks upon him, in the directions which I have recommended in such ases. This being done, he returned home; the next day he came again, was apparently better, but would not own that any thing had or would do him any good; he however took the shocks with less resistance, and began to sweat freely; this he noticed himself, as something very extraordinary, for he said he had not sweated in any degree for thirteen years; to this his friends assented. These two turns to the machine, restored him at that time, and he was soon willing to own that I had made him, as it were, a new man. I heard of him repeatedly for three years, and he remained well.

I will mention one more case, similar to this. The following summer I had moved to Galway. A young man hearing what I had done at the pool the preceding summer, came to me, and informed me that his father was crazy; and desired to know if I thought I could help him. I inquired into the circumstances: I found he had been a well, strong man; that the preceding winter he had sold a large farm, had come to Galway, and purchased two others adjacent, but that he had lost, by some deception, a considerable part of his interest; and that this chagrinery had produced this effect upon his mind. His family had become much alarmed, and were upon the eve of chaining him; I advised them to watch him till they could get him to me, and take care that he did not kill himself, or any one else; for he told them that the devil said he must kill a daughter of his. I think it was the same day they brought him forward, sometimes in a waggon, and sometimes out of it; several people assisted, but they could not keep his clothing upon him; for he was mad indeed. By the time he was brought to the machine, which was a very costly one, I expected he would break it to pieces; but there being about twenty men to assist, we got the chains to him, and as I did not expect we should all be able to get the second shock upon him, I charged the machine as high as I thought he could bear, and live through; for his arteries were in the highest state of action that ever I

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1 Title page
2 Preface
13 Animal and Vegetable Electricity
15 Chapter 1 - Electric fire promotes the vegetable life, etc.
70 Chapter 2 - Of the Conductors
   97 Chapter 3 - Fever  [Medical Conditions]
108 Peripneumony 171 Cholic 210 Involuntary motion
      of the eyelids
111 Pleurisy 174 Asthma 210 Hemmorage
114 St. Anthony's Fire 176 Diabetes 217 Hemorroids
115 Inflammatory Rheumatism 178 Urine suppressed,
  bloody and hot
217 Ulcers and Abcesses
115 Inflammatory Sore Throat 182 Menses obstructed 220 Rickets
122 Madness 185 King's Evil 221 Locked Jaw or Joints
131 Ague 186 Cancers 224 Bruises
138 St. Vitus's Dance 194 Quincy 229 Nerves contracted
140 Hysterics 195 Head-ache 230 Sprain or Strain
144 Epilepsy 196 Deafness 231 Felon or Whitlow
149 Consumption 197 Inflammatory Eyes 231 Pains in different parts
153 Palsy 197 Film 232 Wounds, etc.
158 Dropsy 199 Gutta Serena 234 Drowning
164 Gout 207 Cataract 237 Suppressed Perspiration
166 Dysentery 209 Fistula Lachrymalis 237 Burns and Scalds
242 Chapter 4  [Equipment]
277 Thoughts on the Times
Electricity, or Ethereal Fire, Considered is presented here for historical purposes only, and should not be interpreted as medical advice.


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